Kentucky will have one of the top point guards in the class of 2021 in attendance on Saturday evening.
2021 five-star point guard and consensus top-20 prospect Kennedy Chandler will be at Rupp Arena this evening to see the Wildcats take on the Florida Gators, his second time visiting the school.
Once seen as a major long shot to end up at Kentucky, the UK coaching staff has since put on a full-court press to land the talented guard out of Memphis, TN. Chandler’s visit to Lexington comes on the heels of back-to-back visits from Kentucky coaches this week, with the first taking place on Monday from Tony Barbee followed by another trip from the staff coming again last night.
Prior to Kentucky’s pair of trips to see Chandler this week and the five-star guard’s visit to Lexington today, UK assistant Joel Justus visited on Sept. 18, followed by John Calipari making trips to see him on Sept. 30 and Dec. 13. After offering a scholarship on Dec. 25, Calipari then followed it up with another visit on Dec. 30.
For those keeping track at home, that is seven separate visits between both parties since September.
One of the key reasons for the increased momentum? Chandler is close friends with 2021 top-five prospect and major Kentucky target Paolo Banchero, with the 6-foot-11 forward telling KSR that the two are in active discussions about teaming up together in college. As you may have heard on the Sources Say Podcast this week, Banchero and Chandler have also been in recent talks with 2021 top-ten prospect Jaden Hardy – a heavy Kentucky lean – about playing together at the next level, which would certainly bode well for the Wildcats.
Chandler, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard playing for Briarcrest Christian (TN), is known for his grittiness and toughness on both ends of the floor. Ranked as high as No. 10 in the 2021 recruiting rankings on Rivals.com, Chandler possesses elite passing and driving abilities, regularly drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line. Over at 247Sports, scouting expert Jerry Meyer compared the five-star guard to former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe in his official player comparison.
Check out some of his most recent highlights below:
Come on down, Mr. Chandler.